Renewables represent 52% of total installed in mainland Spain

Disa three wind parks with 44 MW of combined capacity in Spain's Canary Islands

March 16 (Renewables Now) - Spain’s mainland commissioned 6,528 MW of renewables in 2019, growing its installed green capacity by 13.6% compared to the previous year, according to the provisional report issued by Spanish grid operator Red Electrica de Espana (REE).

With the total of 54,458 MW installed, renewables with hydro included slightly towered over the amount of the non-renewable generation capacity for the first time, REE pointed out.

As of January 10, 2020, the cut-off date for the report, renewables accounted for 52% of the total installed capacity in the Spanish peninsula, where all power systems combined generate 104,801 MW.

Breakdown by technologies and territories is presented in the table below:

Mainland Spain: Total renewables installed by end-2019
- wind 25,255 MW
- hydro 17,083 MW
- solar PV 8,623 MW
- CSP 2,304 MW
- other renewables 1,071 MW
- renewables waste 122 MW
Extra-peninsular territories: Total installed - all sources combined - by end-2019
The Balearic Islands 2,243 MW
The Canary Islands 3,012 MW
Ceuta 91 MW
Melilla 78 MW

Renewables had a 39% share in the power production in the peninsula, which reached a total of 247,002 GWh in 2019. Demand for electricity declined by 1.7% to 249,144 GWh.

Demand also declined in Ceuta and Melilla, two port cities in North Africa and part of Spain’s extra-peninsular territories alongside the islands, by 0.6% and 1%, respectively.

The Balearic Islands, which share a connection with the mainland, increased demand by 0.9% to 6,114 GWh.

Demand in the Canary Islands climbed by 0.4% to 8,875 GWh, 16.3% of which was covered by local renewables.

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